Yonex Rexking 24, "R-24"

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  1. schap02

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    So I posted on this several weeks ago and just wanted to provide a few updates.

    Had a ton of trouble locating a stringing pattern for this racquet but when I finally did it revealed 16 x 18?

    Strung it up (one piece) with Duraflex and when stringing I noticed it seemed like the pattern should've been 16 x 19 so that's how I strung it, the racquet has some shared holes anyways...

    Decided to leave the original leather Yonex grip on and put a wilson pro overgrip in white.

    I must say with fresh strings and an overgrip this racquet comes in at 9/10 condition.

    Measured the weight = 360 grams, haven't tested swing weight yet and probably won't unless someone asks because it's just a "closet collector"

    Will provide some pictures and analysis once I play with it for a little bit.

    Anyone have any advice or feedback on this frame? I've heard late 80's production? It's light blue in color, reminds me of an old Navratilova frame?
     
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  2. retrowagen

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    IIRC, it's the same mold as most of the concurrent mid-late 1980's Yonex midsized "Rexking" frames (i.e., R-7, R-10, R-22, R-27, R-18, R-23, etc.), and should have the same stringing pattern as one of the abovementioned, more commonly-seen frames.

    They're all pretty good all-round frames, varying in composition and therefore flex, and thus slightly tailored for varying styles of play. On these pre-widebody Yonexes, as I understood it, typically (but not always, around 1985 a new generation of frames was introduced and thus "re-indexed" the system), the higher the number on the name, the stiffer the frame. The first gen included the R-7 and R-10; the R-10 was the stiffest, highest-end frame they offered up to 1985 or so. Then these were replaced by the models numbered higher (with a few exceptions, such as a new R-1 "Rexplay" composite, with the R-27 boron-graphite comp being the stiffest and most expensive (IIRC). I won't claim to be a Yonex expert by any means, but from what I could remember from the 80's when these were new, that's what I recall.
     
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  3. tennis005

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    Here are the specs for the R-23. Not sure how similar they are but here you go.
    Midsize Specs
    Head Size:
    90 sq. in. / 581 sq. cm.
    Length: 27 inches / 69 cm
    Strung Weight: 13.6oz / 386g
    Balance: 8pts Head Light
    Swingweight: 356
    Stiffness: 57
    Beam Width: 18.5 mm Straight Beam
    Composition: Braided Graphite w/Silicon Carbide
    Power Level: Low
    Swing Speed: Fast
    Grip Type: Leather
    String Pattern:
    16 Mains / 19 Crosses
    Mains skip: 8T,8H
    Two Piece
    Shared Holes: 7T,9T,9H
    String Tension: 55-65
     
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  4. Dave M

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    Does the rexking bit mean anything?
     
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  5. schap02

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    It just says Rexking 24 on the cover
     
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  6. tennis005

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    Maybe it just means it the king of rackets?? IDK
     
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  7. schap02

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    Racquet cover reads
    "This Iso-Metric square signed for a larger and centered sweet spot. Integrated power weight system performs for amplification of moment of inertia"


    I got this racquet for free and it looks awesome all strung up so I'm happy even without sufficient information about it's background.

    I will try and post some photos and show you all the minor difference between the 16 x 19 and the 16 x 19
     
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  8. PBODY99

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    King was the stiffest of the group. The only thing I would warn you of is the Yonnex mandate to string two piece with the crosses being 2 to 5 pounds less than the mains. The top of the hoop is not the strongest, which is why the reduction in cross string tension along wiht the crosses being shorter that a more oval frame.
     
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  9. schap02

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    Thanks for the heads up
    I strung one piece but did string crosses 3 lbs lighter.

    We'll see how she plays.
     
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